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First Trial Recording In Studio One....Advice Appreciated.

Discussion in 'Recording In Progress' started by Robkay, May 14, 2011.

  1. Robkay

    Robkay Tele-Meister

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    Oct 12, 2009
    Leek Staffs UK
    Just working through Presonus Studio One, works a dream for me after using Sonar.
    Just been playing around with a bit of recording and trying to put it all together......did this track as a trial and not sure of my monitors or room, need to get a smaller pair of computer monitors to do some comparisons...
    Singer needs shooting but as shes my misses i can't do that, perhaps the guitarist wants shooting too:D
    Drum loops are from ebay, the rest was played....so go give it some critic and let me know how i can improve it.....we're thick skinned so don't be afraid:eek::D

    http://snd.sc/lOycRz

    Thanks
    Rob(uk):lol:
     
  2. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 8, 2010
    Up North
    First of all, the thing that is at the TOP of my list is you have a nice song.
    Well written, well played, well sang, well recorded.

    I like the way the arrangement builds the song.
    I would lose the Tambourine at 1:54. To my ears, it is being overplayed.
    Adding a harmony or two would be nice.

    Your Misses has a wonderful voice!

    Sometimes, bringing the guitar, high hat and snare down about 3db when the singing starts can clean things up.
     
  3. woodman

    woodman Doctor of Teleocity

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    Nov 28, 2004
    Mint Hill, NC
    Agree with Tree on losing the tambourine and adding some harmony vocals.

    To my ears (on my monitors), the acoustic, hat and snare seem to be crowding the upper mids, a critical range for the vocal. I would back off the hat a little, then EQ some beef into the snare and some warmth into the acoustic by attenuating the 2-5K range and finding sweet spots for them lower down the frequency band. Personally I like a fatter bass, but in traditional country the bass is often mixed low. A good start for your initial effort! Try making a CD and playing it on other systems outside the studio.
     
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  5. FirstBassman

    FirstBassman Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2008
    Virginia
    Boy, I'm the last person to give recording device but ...

    I agree, ya got a good song and a good vocal to start with.

    I love a "live" sound and hate "over produced" tracks but the first part of the song sounds like it was recorded in a living room jam setting or something.
    The vocal needs to have a little "fuller" sound to it (reverb, compressor, something) and the instruments need to be brought up just a tiny bit more.

    When the lead guitar came in I jumped in my chair.
    Not sure why but it seemed to just come out of nowhere.
    Know what I mean?

    The over all depth of the sound sounded better to me after about 1:48.

    And, yeah, that tamborine is too way out there.

    But, yes, a very nice track. Enjoyed it.
     
  6. Robkay

    Robkay Tele-Meister

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    Oct 12, 2009
    Leek Staffs UK
    Great thanks for your thoughts and ideas, tambourine is gone. I've readjusted the eq on the bass and taken the harshness out the acoustic a wee bit.....not sure about the lead break in the middle....i think i over compessed it:D
    Here's version 2, will add some harmony next few days.
    http://snd.sc/lXFtHB
    Any ideas keep em coming....
    Rob:lol:
     
  7. LightninMike

    LightninMike Tele-Holic

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    Nov 30, 2010
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    levels are good..... the general areas to look at, IMHO, are the effects and a few specific eq's.... listen to the sound through a set of small speakers and then through a decent stereo system..... listening to the mix in several environments with different sized speakers/quality levels

    acoustic is decent, but listen to an acoustic in a room and then listen to the recording.... match them ... you will notice the acoustic has a bit more low end in the natural room.... a nicely matched reverb will help this

    the snare doesn't suit me, and i actually prefer it with the "clap" over top of it.... if you started the track with the clap and then brought the snare in as filler it would have a nice affect on the track....

    the vocals need the same type of effect as the acoustic.... again, listen to her sing in a room that isn't deadened.... then listen to the recording.... in between the two is where i would put it
     
  8. woodman

    woodman Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
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    Nov 28, 2004
    Mint Hill, NC
    The acoustic would benefit by reducing the 2-5 KHz range and increasing the 250-350 Hz range, IMO ... sweep your equalizer to find the spots. That would make it warmer and less tinny (more natural, as Mike said above).
     
  9. Robkay

    Robkay Tele-Meister

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    Oct 12, 2009
    Leek Staffs UK
    Thanks for you help and advise, will put a link with the final version before long.....
    Rob:lol:
     
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